KIM SEELBREDE, LCSW holds a license to practice psychotherapy in New York in addition to her certifications as an Executive and Life Coach. In addition to her Manhattan-based private practice, she has an additional location in Bozeman Montana and online coaching via phone or Skype. Kimberly has a deep respect for the connection between mind, body and spirit. As such, she utilizes a variety of techniques to build awareness of thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and emotions in an effort to help her clients heal. Kimberly completed her graduate training at New York University and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities in New York. She received advanced post-graduate training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and CBT from New York University, specialized eating disorder, addictions and compulsions training from the William Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis as well as advanced EMDRIA-approved EMDR training, Brainspotting, DBT skills training, Life Coach training, Mindfulness and specialized Couples Therapy training from The Gottman Institute. In 2009, she participated in Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation yoga therapist training. She has received integrative yoga therapy training at the 200 + 500 hour levels. Kim regularly attends conferences in neuroscience, complementary medicine, EMDR, yoga, meditation, and other trainings in the field of psychology and spirituality in an effort to stay current on the advances made in mind-body medicine. Currently, Kimberly is deepening her spiritual practice by participating in Shambhala Training: The Complete Path in New York City.
While studying pre-med in undergraduate school, she developed a love of psychology and the interplay of the mind and body connection. As an adolescent, Kim trained in ballet, and was an athlete competing in gymnastics, track, swimming and diving. Her mother entered her in a beauty pageant during her first year of college which she reluctantly followed through with and won the title of Miss Ohio and Miss USA. She then moved to Manhattan where she placed as a runner up in the Miss Universe Pageant held in New York City. She met her future husband at the Miss Universe Pageant, where his family business Candie's shoes was an official sponsor. The couple married and have two grown sons. Kimberly appeared in television commercials, was the Sony Betamax girl, made a few soap opera appearances and finished her undergraduate degree while raising her young children. She completed her Master's degree at New York University in 2002. In the wake of a difficult divorce, the loss of her brother, dad and later her mother, Kimberly discontinued studies as a Ph.D candidate in clinical psychology and sought healing in her yoga practice. Inspired by the health benefits of meditation, yoga and complementary and alternative medicine, she continued working in the mental health field and also embarked on various healing and training adventures.
Kimberly Seelbrede has a special interest in helping clients manage chronic health and pain conditions as a result of her own struggles following a diagnosis of the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto's Thyroiditis over a decade ago. She is delighted to assist clients as a health consultant and coach, empowering those managing thyroid, endocrine and hormonal conditions, autoimmune disorders and other chronic health problems such as Diabetes, MS, Lupus, RA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Subsequently, because of her own research and practices, she is able to support and teach clients self-care and holistic practices for mind and body that support optimal wellbeing. As a registered yoga therapist (200 + 500 RYT), Kim Seelbrede trained with the groundbreaking Urban Zen Foundation Integrative Therapy Program - UZIT, where she learned restorative yoga therapy, breathing techniques, essential oils, Reiki, contemplative care and nutrition from such exerts as Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Freeman, Richard Rosen, Pamela Miles, Mark Hyman, MD and Roshi Joan Halifax. As an emotional health expert, she works with women and issues unique to them including life balance, hormone issues and care-taking concerns. When she is not working, Kimberly enjoys photography, yoga, biking, nature, technology, workshops, the beach, food, volunteer work, fashion and collecting vintage and flea market finds.
Kimberly is the most intuitive and gifted therapist that I have ever worked with. I am a physician with a busy work and personal life. Her relationship guidance and advice was extremely helpful. As a scientist, I yearned for deeper meaning. She has helped me connect to my spiritual side and has been my spiritual counselor and go-to therapist for years. Her guided meditations are unbelievable. -SB
Kim Seelbrede is a brilliant, insightful and compassionate therapist. She helped me move from feeling unsafe physically and mentally to leading a less fearful and fuller life. She also made it easy to talk about the most painful parts of my life. The techniques she used for grounding when I experience derealization and depersonalization were invaluable. She helped me get through some difficult situations and not make the same mistakes again. The dissociation that used to occur on a daily basis only happens on occasions and I can manage this now. I'm also grateful for for her knowledge about holistic wellness and nutrition -AF
Kim Seelbrede, LCSW is a gentle yet strong, authentic and graceful soul who "helps" and teaches from a place of strength and real life experience and wisdom. Her willingness to share her own life lessons, challenges and experiences helped me feel less alone in my life as I am not someone blessed with mentors and role models. Thank you Kim for your guidance, intuition and your ability to partner with me to help me create the life I now have. -LR
You are the best! As you know, I quit my life-sucking job and found the courage to do what I really wanted to do, but was afraid because of the "shoulds." I write this from the beach where I now do what makes my heart sing. Remember, "It's all a game," and "everyday is a new day" ;) - JD
My life has been very difficult and traumatic from an early age in many ways. Kim Seelbrede is not one of those life coaches or aspiring spiritual guru types who tells me it's my fault, and that if I had more positive thoughts things would be different. She is spiritual and very intuitive. She helped me develop acceptance and the ability to learn from adversity, become stronger, find passion, move through the pain and learn the lessons that I needed for myself. She was able to help me see important patterns that I was repeating because of my early trauma and interrupt those patterns. Even though she is a highly trained psychotherapist, she has to confidence to try different therapies. She even uses essential oils during EMDR and guided meditations which is a very calming and soothing experience. She is truly compassionate, careful and wise. -KL
EMDR Therapy gave me the best results. I’ve done CBT, biofeedback, hypnosis and other forms of therapy in the past for anxiety and performance blocks. Nothing has compared to EMDR sessions which has led to a panic-free life and a huge reduction in fear during performances and public appearances. -EM
I was not happy with my step down program that my rehab recommended for me and not a fan of twelve steps. I do not believe I have a disease especially because I was diagnosed with PTSD from childhood abuse and trauma. She recommended other meetings for me and I saw her three times a week for recovery support. She helped reinforce what I learned while I was away in rehab. She is trained in DBT so we continued with that using a workbook and practicing situations that might come up in real life. She also continued the EMDR that I started in rehab which helped me to heal from the trauma which I believe is the real reason I was using drugs and self-harming. I have been sober for over a year. -MD
Genius couples therapy. We booked a private weekend workshop and learned and grew more than we ever thought possible. Marriage counseling with Kim Seelbrede saved my marriage and helped us both understand our triggers and some of the dynamics that had a grip on us both. We also developed a deeper love and understanding of each other.-JF
I was sexually abused at a young age by my mother. I’ve been helped more in 1 year working with Kim combining psychotherapy with EMDR than with all the other therapists that I’ve worked with in the last 30+ years. Together we continue to work on trust, shame, attachment issues and releasing the trauma from my body. The EMDR therapy is amazing, but she is also an excellent psychotherapist especially for understanding the past and present. She is intuitive, skilled and very smart. We are still working on some residual problems like relationships, but I trust her completely. She also makes excellent referrals for acupuncture, body work and psychiatrists when needed. -JG
Kim Seelbrede is the best therapist that I have worked with for my trauma issues, and I’ve been in psychotherapy for most of my teen and adult life. She shows empathy and is caring, intelligent, and intuitive. I’ve done EMDR in the past, but her EMDR is more creative than with other therapists and I believe helped me heal. I’ve recommended her to others who have also been helped by her. -RA
Kim Seelbrede is very highly trained and knowledgeable about diagnosis and which kind of therapies to use and when. She is very knowledgable about nutrition, stress problems and hormone issues (thyroid, adrenal) and uses holistic and integrative approaches which was something that I was interested in for myself. I was able to get off of medications that were making me feel “drugged” and giving me bad side effects. Instead we did some treatments that got to the root of the problem and she also gave me techniques from CBT which were extremely helpful. I’m very grateful to have been in her care! -PB
I’ve been seeing Kimberly Seelbrede for many years and she has supported me through very difficult times in my life. She quickly understands challenging, complex situations and has been able to guide me to make better choices during a life crisis. Not sure where I’d be without her professional guidance and genuine caring support. I came from a very violent home, and she helped me to see my strengths, clarify what’s important, learn to discern better and know when I’m stepping into old patterns that I had a tendency to repeat. I believe our relationship and her investment in me helped me heal. I am now in a healthy relationship and I have work that I enjoy. I might have been dead without her ongoing support. She’s always welcoming when I need to come in for extra support. -TS
Education + Post-Graduate Training
New York University - Graduate Level
NYUSSW- Post-Master's Certificate Programs - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Approaches To The Addictions, Clinical Practice With Adolescents, Spirituality And Social Work, Executive Coaching
William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology - Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions EDCAS: A course of study that integrates the concepts of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis with those of other treatment modalities and provides a concentrated, practice-oriented educational experience to mental health professionals who work in these areas.
Institute for Life Coach Training - The Institute for Life Coach specializes in training therapists to translate their therapeutic expertise into coaching skills.
EMDR - Advanced level I & II Transforming Trauma with EMDR Comprehensive Training, EMDRIA approved and supervised - Training with Lauren Parnell, PhD, internationally respected EMDR trainer and master therapist. Participated in 80 hour didactic training and 20 hour mandatory supervision with an EMDRIA-approved consultant. This training was approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).
Brainspotting - Applications for this technique with children, adolescents and adults include trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, dissociation, attachment disorders, ADHD, somatic conditions, performance and creative blocks, sports psychology, and most DSM diagnoses.
DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training - Behavioral Tech, LLC
Bridging the Couple Chasm - Gottman Couples Therapy: A Research-Based Approach - The Gottman Institute
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Program (UZIT), RYT 500-Yoga Alliance)- Donna Karan's groundbreaking initiative with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Freeman, Richard Rosen, Geoffrey Roniger, Pamela Miles, Tracy Griffiths, Lena Falth, Koshin Paley Ellison, Robert Chodo Campbell and Roshi Joan Halifax. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy with Young Living Oils, Reiki, nutrition, and contemplative end-of-life care. The 12-month curriculum, now in partnership with Yoga Works, included clinical rotations conducted at Beth Israel Medical Center.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Relationship Counseling, Consulation, Supervision, EMDR + Adjunctive EMDR Therapy + Online Counseling Sessions
As an integrative psychotherapist, I'm delighted to offer a unique approach to emotional health and healing. My goal is to blend contemporary psychological practices, intuitive guidance and the wisdom of the ancient healing arts. The heart and soul of my approach is to help clients develop insight, self-awareness, self-acceptance, authenticity, self integration, respect for one's body, embodiment, healthy boundaries and self-care practices.
Psychotherapy For Adolescents + Adults
Individual adolescent and adult therapy is provided in my Manhattan office, and depending on client concerns, online using Skype or a HIPPA compliant platform. An initial consultation is the best way to determine if your particular needs and goals can be addressed using short-term or long-term psychotherapy. I have advanced post-graduate training in a variety of helpful techniques such as: EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Focusing, Gottman, Emotionally Focused Therapy or
EFT and Mindfulness. After an initial assessment, I will give you my opinion, and together, we can discuss your needs and create a treatment plan. We will also consider the duration of treatment and the approach or combination that will serve your goals. I have expertise in anxiety and mood disorders, addictions, compulsions, eating disorders, relationship problems, sexuality, identity concerns, self-defeating patterns and self-sabbotage, lack of purpose, goal setting, spirituality, family of origin issues, trauma/PTSD, attachment issues, self-esteem, transitions, loss, wellness coaching and an integrative therapy approach that addresses chronic pain and medical challenges.
Coaching, Strategizing + Mentoring
Coaching is not therapy. Coaching clients are goal-oriented individuals who seek results in their lives. Hiring a coach who is skilled to uncover obstacles, as well as guide and support your "best self," is a powerful resource. Having support and guidance as you practice new behaviors can be incredibly helpful. Some individuals seek an expert "strategist" to guide efforts towards growth and change. Coaching unearths the stubborn and often hidden, negative self-concepts that keep people anchored in their present reality. Identifying these unhelpful concepts helps clients move forward. Often, a positive and renewed sense of energy will emerge as soon as one begins the coaching process. Partnering with a life coach can be supportive, encouraging and empowering, and can help clients navigate change, restoring or creating balance and fulfillment. Whether it’s taking control of one's health, losing weight, career issues, focusing on goal-attainment, repairing a relationship, getting "unstuck" or transitioning to a new chapter in life, coaching can provide the needed inspiration and support one desires. Working with a licensed trained psychotherapist can yield exceptional results. Therapists have the necessary skills and tools that can be used when longstanding and resistant patterns interfere with progress. I regularly offer EMDR for blocks and peak-performance enhancement, mindfulness, meditation techniques, solution-focused strategies or cognitive and behavior techniques to my clients, combined with coaching strategies to help "stuck" clients move forward.
Relationship Counseling + Couples Therapy
I've successfully worked with many couples who desire a healthier and more satisfying relationship. I work with many high-functioning couples who would like to enhance their relationship and reestablish intimacy and connection. I also work with individuals at various stages of relationships including: newly-formed relationships, couples seeking pre-marital counseling and guidance, new parents seeking support, those considering separation or divorce and the newly single and ready to date. I draw from attachment-based theory, helping couples understand their own attachment style as well as that of their partner. Clients can learn to communicate their needs and "hear" the needs of their partner, as well as develop a shared vision or goals, learn acceptance and compassion for self and the other, heal from infidelity and develop new skills. Clients also are guided to identify and de-escalate triggers, address sex and intimacy concerns and understand how the past and family of origin issues may be impacting the relationship in the present. I use my training from The Gottman Institute, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT and Non-Violent Communication or NVC to support my work with couples.
EMDR Therapy + Brainspotting
As an EMDRIA-approved, level I + II trained EMDR therapist, I have enjoyed great success with clients using EMDR therapy for a variety of chronic, longstanding difficulties as well as recent traumatic incidents. EMDR psychotherapy can be a stand-alone treatment or integrated into ongoing talk therapy sessions to speed the healing process. As a New York City-based EMDR specialist, I provide trauma resolution for PTSD symptoms, and healing for attachment deficits, developmental traumas, medical trauma and chronic physical and emotional abuse. Additionally, EMDR is an effective therapy for anxiety, obsessions, phobias, compulsions, panic attacks, depression, self-esteem, eating disorders, addictions and more. For individuals with anxiety, emotion regulation problems and in addiction recovery, elements of EMDR therapy can help clients develop and strengthen self-soothing inner resources. A combination of EMDR and coaching is an effective treatment combination for sports and peak performance enhancement and creative and performance blocks. Brainspotting, another technique developed by David Grand, PhD, combined with EMDR psychotherapy is a technique I use to address attachment issues, unresolved trauma, pre-verbal trauma and performance problems.
Consultations + Referrals
I provide consultation sessions that are time-limited and problem or goal-focused. Some individuals and families consult with a mental health professional for educational purposes, a clinical assessment or diagnosis, a second opinion, help with a personal or life challenge, support for a difficult transition or crisis and to obtain resources to other collateral support such as psychiatrists or treatment facilities such as rehabs for addictions and eating disorders. Clinical consultations allow a client, parent or family member to explore concerns, probem-solve with a professional and make decisions or changes in their lives that move them forward when they feel unsupported or "stuck." I am delighted to share my trusted resources to complementary, alternative and conventional medical referrals in New York City and beyond. Consultations are not psychotherapy and can be done long distance using an online service such as Skype, Google, FaceTime or via telephone sessions.
Integrative Therapy, Coaching, Mindfulness, Stress Reduction + Self-Care Practices
My interest in mind-body techniques and complementary medicine has allowed me to journey to some amazing places including workshops and training opportunities. Using my training with the Urban Zen Foundation and my yoga therapy training (RYT 200 + 500 hours), I help clients address anxiety insomnia, stress, trauma and chronic illness using a combination of guided imagery, breathing techniques, body scans, meditation and mindfulness. I've studied aromatherapy and Reiki and still enjoy both, including self-Reiki and Reiki with clients, friends and family. Using the brilliance of neuroplasticity, western psychological theory, and the power of cutting-edge nutrition, yoga therapy, chakra work and other somatic psychotherapies, I truly enjoy helping clients who are open to these techniques heal on many levels. Together we can decide what would work best for your particular needs. Some examples of integrative therapy include: mindfulness training, lifestyle recommendations (nutrition, meditation, exercise, yoga and sleep), boundary work, creative play, journaling, somatic therapy and more.
Supervision + Private Practice Development
I enjoy helping new practitioners such as social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, licensed mental health counselors and psychologists develop and build their private practices. I am happy to provide clinical supervision for cases, and I especially enjoy helping interested therapists blend mind-body medicine and complementary techniques into their existing psychotherapy practices.
Psychotherapy, Coaching + Consultation Services
- Depression and mood disorders
- Anxiety and compulsive disorders
- Eating disorders, emotional eating and body image issues
- Borderline Personality Disorder BPD
- Adolescents problems (behavioral, emotional, family, academic challenges)
- Marriage, couples, relationship problems
- Celebrity, gifted and talented individuals
- Grief, loss, bereavement, life transitions
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
- Addictions, drug addiction, process addictions, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, alcoholism
- Sexual addiction
- Adult survivors of abuse
- Adult children of alcoholics (ACOA)
- Dissociation, complex PTSD, emotion regulation difficulties
- Childhood, developmental trauma, traumatic events, accidents, medical trauma
- Self-harm, Self-sabatage, self-defeating behaviors
- Self-esteem issues, negative self-concept
- Performance blocks using EMDR therapy
- Surviving and managing relationships with borderline or narcissistic individuals or partners
- Men’s issues, career concerns, sexual difficulties, work/life balance
- Women’s issues, career concerns, transitions, parenting, caretaking, hormone imbalance
- Environmental stressors, crisis management
- Phase of life issues, aging
- Sexual and relationship issues for individuals and couples
- LGBT concerns, alternative lifestyles
- Work, creativity and career issues
- Life purpose, existential, spiritual concerns
- Individual, couples, marital, family, group therapy
- Weekend intensive workshops for couples
- Coordination of services with school, medical practitioners, legal counsel, etc
- Consultation and evaluation for potential in-patient residential treatment
- Parent and new parent education, coaching
- Addiction evaluations, assessments, referrals to medical and allied professionals in New York City and beyond
- Executive coaching
- Peak performance coaching
- Clinical supervision, private practice building business, consulting
- Presentations, workshops
- Mindfulness, meditation instruction, stress management
- Recovery support for individuals including their families
- Self-care, well-being, burnout support and coaching
- Psychodynamic, relational, interpersonal psychotherapy
- Mindfulness, meditation support
- EMDR therapy
- Focusing techniques
- Crisis counseling
- Short-term, goal-oriented therapy
- DBT skills
- Marriage and relationships
- Clinical supervision
- Online via telephone, Skype, FaceTime or a HIPPA compliant service
Helpful information About An Integrative Psychotherapy Practice
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an evidence-based and active therapy that has a long history and tradition used in both short and long-term treatment. Psychodynamic sessions include the process of increasing self-awareness, encouraging self-expression, understanding conflicts, developing insight into the behaviors of self and other, unearthing unconscious content that can interfere with functioning and understanding patterns and dynamics that may have origins in the past but are played out in the "here and now." This form of therapy uses the relationship between patient and therapist to heal. The interpersonal relationship tends to be the focus of sessions as an active example of other relationships in the patient's life, so that patterns and distress can be "worked through" and not repeated outside of treatment.
CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on examining and changing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. CBT tends to be a short-term approach that is highly-effective for many with empirically-tested techniques supporting an increase in skills and a change in behaviors. CBT is an effective solution for a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression and addictions/substance abuse.
DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. With time, DBT skills and techniques have been found to be helpful for individuals who struggle in many areas of life including substance abuse, addictions. DBT treatment combines ideas of awareness, acceptance and change from mindfulness with a range of psychological theories. Because DBT skills are practical and can be generalized into many areas of life, DBT can be successfully integrated into treatment plans and used in a variety of treatment settings. DBT uses mindfulness and other skills to help increase emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness with the goal of helping patient's cope, de-escalate, and self-regulate.
Developed in the 1970s by psychologist Dr. Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago, Focusing-Oriented Therapy has been taught to hundreds of thousands of people in countries around the world and is considered a humanistic, experiential and person-centered approach to healing. Focusing is non-directive as the therapist guides the client to connect to the "felt sense" which then allows the client to explore troubling emotions and feelings helping them find the answers needed to heal. Focusing can help clients access their own inner wisdom and strengths by inviting the non-judgmental attention to body sensations, inner "knowing," thoughts, feelings and imagery which may come in the form of words or pre-verbal and non-verbal experiences. Experiences and traumas reside in the body and long for attention even when they have not been consciously thought or verbalized. Focusing-Oriented Therapy can support one's own natural healing while increasing insight and awareness, helping clients gain a broader perspective of current and historical circumstances that have created pain, suffering and blockages. The process of focusing also invites individuals to receive a deep sense of knowledge and freedom so that creativity can emerge and generalize to many aspects of one's life. This powerful technique can reduce anxiety and depression, resolve individual and collective traumas, heal feelings of loss and neglect, increase performance skills, improve emotional regulation, increase relaxation, support immune function, support clients with medical and pain issues, support decision-making and more. It is this locating of the felt sense and its shift that causes true psychological change, empowerment, the restoration of self and enhanced well-being.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets it name from one of its core messages which is to accept what is out of your personal control, while committing to action that will improve the quality of life. The goal of ACT is to help people create a full and meaningful life even and especially when the stress and pain of life is a challenge. ACT teaches the psychological skills to manage painful feelings and thoughts in an effort to reduce the impact of suffering. Another aim is to help individuals clarify what is important and meaningful, using that awareness to guide, motivate and inspire them to make important changes that will lead to a better life. ACT supports cognitive flexibility in addition to encouraging individuals to observe and allow difficult thoughts feelings, emotions and experiences to simply occur. ACT also helps patients identify concrete short and long-term goals.
Mindfulness is the practice of moment-to-moment awareness of feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations as well as an awareness of the environment and one's surroundings. Mindfulness, as a philosophy, has more recently become a widely-used and helpful practice in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy. Additionally, mindfulness is an empirically-validated practice with data that supports its efficacy and application in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings. A mindfulness practice includes the observation of feelings, emotions and sensations, a non-judgmental presence and the awareness of the present moment.
EMDR is an evidence-based treatment that targets many symptoms and conditions including trauma, negative memories, phobias, fears, anxiety, addictions, compulsions and performance difficulties. Originally used to treat Veterans, EMDR therapy is now one of the most efficient and effective trauma/symptom treatment methods that allows clients to fully heal from their psychological wounds. EMDR can successfully be integrated into psychotherapy sessions. Many clients find EMDR to be more effective than other forms of therapy including CBT and traditional “talk therapy.”
Psychotherapy for Depression
Clinical depression is a complicated condition that can be treated with interpersonal psychotherapy, medication and a collaborative approach to identify the biological and psychosocial factors that may have contributed to a patient's depressive symptoms. Depression can be mild and show up with seasonal changes and it can be debilitating and interfere with activities of daily living, life skills, relationships, employment, hope and may also include the desire to end one’s life. Depression treatment is generally supportive in nature, and may require help with daily structure and coping skills and often requires working with other mental health professionals. Interpersonal psychotherapy, CBT and EMDR therapy can be effective treatments for depressed patients as can antidepressant use, light therapy, vitamin D and supplements.
Psychotherapy for Anxiety
Anxiety symptoms bring many into therapy for the first time. Not all clients experience anxiety in the same way. For some, anxiety is a distress that presents in a specific situation such as performance, public speaking or test-taking. For others, anxiety may be experienced as chronic and ranging from mild to debilitating, including uncomfortable physical symptoms. Anxiety sufferers are best helped by understanding emotional conflicts, environmental and genetic factors with treatment that may include talk therapy, CBT, stress reduction techniques, Somatic Experiencing (SE) and EMDR Therapy to target early trauma, memories and present-day distress.
Trauma Treatment and PTSD
Early trauma and chronic developmental traumas that have impacted a patient's development and attachment relationships are the most difficult to heal. Psychotherapy can help validate the patient's experience, work through any feelings of shame and confusion that may have been internalized, process the traumatic experience or event and help them understand how their current life is impacted by traumatic experiences. Psychotherapy can help individuals identify triggers in daily experiences that create symptoms and contribute to familiar self-defeating patterns and dynamics. While talk therapy can be a good place to begin for some trauma patients, EMDR is the treatment of choice to provide symptomatic relief and truly heal from trauma.
Loss and Bereavement
Losing something or someone is difficult and complicated for many reasons. Loss can include a loved-one, pet, health, job, lifestyle, home, identity, status, and more. Loss, especially when significant to the individual, requires mourning and grieving that loss, experiencing the associated feelings, and eventually, moving forward. Psychotherapy can give the individual a safe place to grieve and feel the sadness. The healing process is different for everyone as is the length of time required to heal.
What happens in therapy?
A number of benefits are available when you engage in the therapy process. Therapy helps people gain relief from unpleasant feelings and thoughts, create more fulfilling and meaningful relationships, and gain more pleasure and control in their lives. Psychotherapy helps clients get to the root of their difficulties and learn ways to become more self-aware, cope with difficult emotions, improve mood, gain control, feel connected to others, develop the skills to handle future problems, and live more fulfilling and satisfying lives. Therapists can provide support, practical problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as: troubling patterns and behaviors. a crisis, managing difficult people, internal conflicts, neurosis, life transitions, anxiety, depression, sadness, loneliness self-esteem, relationship problems, unresolved childhood issues, trauma/abuse, grief, stress management, body image issues, eating disorders, feeling lost or stuck, sexuality or identity concerns, addictive behaviors and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors or psychotherapists can be a tremendous asset to career concerns, managing personal growth, professional relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, parenting challenges, developing healthier habits, connecting to the body, understanding thoughts, feelings and emotions, balancing the stress of daily life and goal-setting. High-achieving, successful individuals often experience emptiness, unhappiness, disappointment, loneliness, stress, anxiety and interpersonal problems which may lead to less than desirable coping solutions such as addictions, alcohol and drug abuse, eating problems and sleep deficits. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or help their clients discover helpful solutions. Many lasting benefits can be obtained from personal, couples or group therapy. You can learn more about therapy from the American Psychological Association or APA Learn more here
Therapy and counseling can help clients with the following issues:
- Reframe current life circumstances and gain a different perspective
- Learn to manage difficult work and personal transitions and changes such as marriage, new baby, mid-life problems and aging
- Gain the support needed to get through difficult times such as loss and change
- Learn to feel and live a more authentic life, accept feelings of being “different”
- Develop healthy self-esteem and resolve persistent negative self-states
- Develop healthier coping skills, habits and boundaries
- Have healthier personal and work relationships
- Develop awareness of any repetitive patterns that interfere with success and happiness by understanding how past dynamics interfere with the present
- Manage difficult people personally and professionally
- Develop a path of purpose and life fulfillment
- Heal from past trauma and abuse and process traumatic memories and dissociation
- Increase insight and self-awareness and identify innate strengths
- Improve communication, learn conflict resolution, develop better listening and self-assertion skills
- Address depression, sadness, feelings of despair and isolation
- Learn helpful coping skills for stress, anxiety, phobias and panic attacks
- Relieve stress and insomnia and learn relaxation response
- Manage destructive patterns that include drinking, eating, drugs, addictions and self-harm
- Understand negative and habitual patterns of thinking and behaving
- Resolve writing, creative and other performance blocks
- Mourn losses such as separation, divorce, miscarriage, infertility or the death of a loved-one
- Develop effective parenting skills
- Address problems related to chronic pain, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, medical procedures and diagnoses
- Heal from sexual abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, domestic violence and natural disasters
- Resolve sexual and identity concerns
- Manage feelings of overwhelm, feel more embodied and develop an awareness connection between mind and body, feel more
Helpful Healing Resources
Organizations, Campaigns & Foundations
- Urban Zen Foundation
- Coalition For The Homeless
- The Nature Conservancy
- New York Cares
- Sanctuary For Families-Victims of Domestic Abuse
- Housing Works-HIV/AIDS
- Save Tibet
- The Hunger Site
- Farm Sanctuary
- Jane Goodall Institute
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- Sierra Club Foundation
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Food Bank New York
- Global Hunger Project
- Doctors Without Borders
- Make a Wish Foundation
- Insight Meditation Society
- Shambhala Sun
- Every Mother Counts
- Reiki In Medicine
- New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
- UZIT New York City
- UZIT UCLA Health.org
Holistic Medical Resources
- The Center For Mind Body Medicine - Dr. James Gordon
- T. Colin Campbell
- Hippocrates Health Institute
- Cleveland Clinic Center For Functional Medicine
- Institute For Functional Medicine
- National Directory of Chiropractors
- American Chiropractic Association
Holistic MD's Who Publish
- Dr. Frank Lipman
- Christiane Northrup
- Andrew Weill
- Dr. Mark Hyman
- Dr. Dean Ornish - PMRI
- Dr. Woody Merrell
- Choose Veg
- Vegan MD
- Gone Raw
- Raw Food Chef
- Green America!
- Nutrition Data
- Kind Green Planet
- Green Your Diet
- Go Veg
- Veg For Life
- Vegan Outreach
- Super Vegan
- The Vegetarian Resource Group
- Fresh Network
- My Spicer
- Sharon Salzberg-Insight Meditation Center
- Tara Brach
- Tibet House
- Hay House
- A Course In Miracles
- Daily OM
- Plum Village- Thich Nhat Hanh
- Art Of Living Foundation
- Life Extension Foundation
- Belief Net
- Year of Living Mindfully (with Jonathan Foust)
- Insight Meditation Society, Forest Refuge and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, MA
- Southern Dharma Meditation Center, Hot Springs, NC
- Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Marin County, CA
- Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme): Transformative Retreats & Programs for Teens, Parents & Professionals
- MINDS: A non-profit dedicated to making DC-area schools more conscious and compassionate learning environments by teaching mindfulness-based practices to students, educators, and parents.
- Dharma Seed Library, the Archival Center of Western Buddhist Vipassana Teachings, offers online streaming audio or downloading capacity to the teachings of the Buddha.
- Seattle Insight Meditation Society
- Insight Meditation Community, Redwood City, CA
- Telesangha – a daily meditation and mindfulness program
- Insight Timer – meditate with people from all over the world!
- “Access to Insight” Website, Readings in Theravada Buddhism.
- BuddhaNet, Buddhist Education and Information Network
- Buddhist Peace Fellowship
- “Inquiring Mind” – Buddhist Journal with a national listing of retreats and sitting groups
Products and Lifestyle
- Young Living Essential Oils
- doTerra Essential Oils
- Sounds True
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- Bach Flower Essences
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- The Guide to Less Toxic Products
- Barnes & Noble
- ITunes Music ITunes Podcasts
- Open Center
- Omega Institute
- Village Zendo
- Hippocrates Health Institute
- Upaya Institute
- Zen Meditation Monastery
- Insight Meditation Society
- Ananda Ashram
- Menla Mountain Retreat
- Tricycle Magazine
- Yoga Journal
- Breathing Project
- Yoga Shanti
- Rodney Yee
- Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
- Gaiam Yoga Club and Products
- Shiva Rea
Mental Health Resources and Online Links
- DSM Online - The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is published by the American Psychiatric Association.
- Mental Illnesses/Substance Abuse- SAMHSA
- PsychCentral.com One-stop index for psychology, support, and mental health issues, resources, and people on the Internet, since 1992.
- PsychiatryOnline - The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry.
- GoodTherapy.org - A site that takes a holistic approach to Psychotherapy which offers some good resources as well.
- PsychologyToday.com - A helpful site with related articles of interest and blog posts.
- Alzheimer's Association - Leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Information on child and adolescent psychiatry.
- American Psychiatric Association - Organization ensuring humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder.
- American Psychological Association - Scientific and professional organization that represents psychologists in the United States.
- American Psychoanalytic Association - The oldest national psychoanalytic organization in the US.
- National Institute of Mental Health - NIMH
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
- Alcoholics Anonymous - Helping alcoholics achieve sobriety.
- The Fix - Addictions & Recovery News & Support
- Center for Intenet Addiction - Resources for therapists and families.
- Gamblers Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Overeaters Anonymous
- SAMHSA's Substance Abuse/Addiction
- SAMHSA's Treatment and Recovery
- Sex Addicts Anonymous
- About Teen Depression
- ANAD - National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
- Bulimia Guide - Comprehensive Resources.
- Bulimia-Something Fishy - Pro-recovery website.
- DBT-Self Help
- DBT-Panic List - Help for managing distress and self-harm.
- National Association of Eating Disorders
- National Resource Center On ADHD
- Safe Alternatives - Resource for self-injurious behaviors.
- Young Minds-UK - Self harm solutions
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
- Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder - APA
- OCD Foundation
- Anxiety Referral Online - A unique referral service specifically designed to help people with anxiety, panic disorder and more
- Health Anxiety Program - The Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Center White Plains Hospital Center.
- Social Anxiety Support - This on-line support group provides interactive forums and special programs to help those who suffer from social anxiety disorder (social phobia).
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- ADDA - Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, NIH
- Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD/ADHD
- The Beautiful Woman Project
- Body Positive
- Campaign for Real Beauty (Dove’s campaign)
- Cover Girl Culture: Awakening the Media Generation
- Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too!
- National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
- Real Kids Come in All Sizes: Ten Essential Lessons to Build Your Child’s Body Esteem. Kater, Kathy. New York: Broadway Books, 2004.
- This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes. Olson, Rosanne. New York: Artisan Books, 2008.
- True Body Project (A journal and film created by teenage girls).
Borderline Personality Disorder
- BPD Central
- National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder Today
- Treatment and Resource Advancement (TARA) National Association for Personality Disorders
- Borderline Personality Resource Center
- DBT self help
- National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
- BPD Home Base
- BPD world
- Yahoo DBT groups
- New York Meet Up BPD Support group
- S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends)
- Sirius Project
- MD Junction Borderline Support Group
- Online self diagnostic test
- Behavioral Tech (Marsha Linehan founder of DBT)
- BPD on Depression Central
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
- Childhelp USA®
- SAMHSA's Children and Families
- Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website
- Women, Violence and Trauma
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Center for Disease Control CDC
- CFIDS - Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association of America.
- National Council On Problem Gambling
- Gam Anon-Support For Victims of Gambling
- OCD Foundation - Made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Bipolar Disorder News - Pendulum.org
- Depression and How Therapy Can Help
- Depression - NASD
- Depression Screening
- Depression Test, Symptoms of Depression, Signs of Depression
- All About Depression - Dedicated to providing accurate, current, and relevant information about clinical depression to the general public.
- Walkers in Darkness - Support and information for mood disorders.
Dissociation and Trauma
- GURZE-Eating Disorders Publications and Education
- National Association of Eating Disorders
- ANAD is the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
- Eating Disorder Information-blog by a woman in ED recovery
- Eating Disorder Center of New York - An outpatient treatment facility and resource center specializing in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge-eating disorder.
- Eating Disorder Center of California - Unique Treatment Program for Adolescents and Adults with Anorexia, Bulimia and Exercise Addiction.
- Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center - Edreferral.com is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. They provide information and treatment resources for all forms of eating disorders and provide referrals at no charge to eating disorder practitioners, treatment facilities, and support groups.
- American Dietetic Association
- Something Fishy - ED resources and treatment information.
- Rader Treatment and Resources
- A Place of Hope - The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc. Treatment for Eating Disorders, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Emotional and Sexual Abuse. Books, Tapes, Supplements, and FREE Reports.
- EMDR Therapist Network - Find an EMDR therapist in New York City
- EMDRIA - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) International Association
- EMDR Institute - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) support and resources
- The Ackerman Institute for the Family - Family therapy and divorce mediation
Psychotherapy Agencies and Clinics
- Drug Interactions, DIRECT
- Medical Dictionary
- Medications, FDA
- Medication, Internet Mental Health
- Medications, PDR
- SAMHSA's Psychiatry and Psychology
Hormone Support (PMS, PMDD, Post Partum Depression, Menopause)
- Dr Erika Schwartz-Bioidentical Hormone Expert
- Recommended Treatments
- Power Surge
- Christiane Northrup, MD-Women's Health
- WOMEN TO WOMEN
- Divorce Source - A Legal resource for divorce, custody, alimony and support.
- Equality in Marriage - Educating Men and Women about the Importance of Equality in Marriage and Divorce.
- Millennium Divorce - Developed by divorce lawyers and divorce attorneys, this website provides information and services on a wide variety of issues related to separation, divorce and child custody throughout all 50 states.
- SelfGrowth.com - SelfGrowth.com is the definitive guide to personal growth, self-improvement, and self-help. It also has extensive links related to divorce.
Self Harm/Self Injurious Behaviors
- Dr. Laura Berman, MD
- International Society for the Study of Womens's Sexual Health ISSWSH
- Society for Sex Therapy and Research SSTAR
- My Pleasure
- Toys in Babeland
- The O Tape
- SAMHSA's Suicide
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
- Suicide, Now is Not Forever
- Suicide: Read This First
Journals and Magazines
- ADHD Report
- Anxiety, Stress and Coping
- Contemporary Hypnosis
- Depression and Anxiety
- Drug and Alcohol Review
- Early Child Development and Care
- Eating Disorders
- Educational Assessment
- Journal of Gambling Studies
- Journal of Happiness Studies
- Journal of Mental Health and Aging
- Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
- Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
- Language and Cognitive Processes
- Loss, Grief & Care
- Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
- Metaphor and Symbol
- Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
- Personal Relationships
- Personality and Individual Differences
- Psychiatric Bulletin
- Psychology of Men & Masculinity
- Psychology Today
- Stress and Health
- Studies in Gender and Sexuality
- Substance Abuse
- Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
- Trauma, Violence & Abuse
Research and Press
- USA Today 4/1/09, "Donna Karan Makes Room for Yoga at NYC Hospital"
- YouTube Urban Zen "Voice of the Patient"
- WCNBC-TV Famous Designer Donna Karan Leading Effort to Combine Eastern Practices with Western Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital
- ABC News Diane Sawyer interviews Donna Karan on her foundation Urban Zen and movement toward integrative care for the "whole" patient.
- Lobby on Integrative Medicine with Dr.Oz, Dr.Hyman, Dr.Ornish, Dr.Weil
- New York Times 10/29/08-In One Section of Beth Israel Hospital, Some Patients Are Saying "Om," Not "Ah"
- Energy Medicine - Reiki, Columbia University Medical Center
- Self Injury in Adolescents, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- UMass Medical School - Center For Mindfulness
- Osher Clinical Center For Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies-Brigham and Women's Hospital
- American College of Physicians (ACP)-Integrative Medicine: Coming to a Hospital Near You
- Jama-Complementary Medicine in the Surgical Wards, Mehmet C. Oz MD, et al
- CAM at Tufts University-Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Curriculum
- Mindfulness Blog-Psychcentral
- Psychotherapy Goes From the Couch to the Mat-Time Magazine 4/14/09
Interesting Blogs about therapy, psychotherapy, psychology, neurobiology and more
- Brain Blogger
- In The Room
- Psych Central
- Psychology Today
- Network Therapy
- Changing Minds
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Harvard Business Review
- Medical News Today
- Psy Rel
- Psychotherapy Brown Bag
- REBT Institute Blog
- Science Daily
- The Situationist
- Urban Mindfulness
- Modern Psychoanalysis
- Staff Psychologist
- Commitment to Living
- Dr X's Free Associations
- A Clinician's Journal
- Psychoanalysis Arena
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy Arena
- Psychotherapy and Counselling Arena
- Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry Arena
- Just Noticeable Differences
- PsyBlog: Psychology Blog
- British Psychological Society
- Relaxed Therapist
- Laura’s Psychology Blog
- Psychology News Blog
- Modern Psychoanalysis
- Dr Deborah Serani
- Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look
- Psychotherapy Perspectives
- Health Psych
Mental Health Links
Addiction and Recovery
Associations & Institutes
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Dissociation and Traumatic Stress
Journals & Magazines
Medications and Health Supplements
Mental Health Care General Links
Suicide Awareness and Hotlines
Additional Mental Health Care & Counseling Resources
Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and General Psychology Books:
The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology - Daniel N. Stern
An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis - Charles Brenner
Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality in Structure in the Clinical Process - Nancy McWilliams PhD.
Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis: An Integration - Stephen A. Mitchell
Object Relations Theory and Clinical Psychoanalysis - Otto F. Kernberg
Why Is It Always About You: The Seven Deadly sins of Narcissism - Sandy Hotchkiss & James F Masterson
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self - Alice Miller
The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You - Robert L. Leahy. The Worry Cure is his new, comprehensive approach to help you identify, challenge, and overcome all types of worry, using the most recent research and his more than two decades of experience in treating patients.
Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life - Linda Martinez-Lewi. In Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life, psychotherapist Linda Martinez-Lewi presents an in-depth and supportive plan for identifying, understanding, and dealing with high level narcissistic behavior in those close to you.
Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories Lost and Found - Lenore Terr
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament - Kay Redfield Jamison
Trapped in the Mirror - Elan Golomb. The difficulties experienced by adult children of narcissists can manifest themselves in many ways: for examples, physical self-loathing that takes form of overeating, anorexia, or bulimia; a self-destructive streak that causes poor job performance and rocky personal relationships; or a struggle with the self that is perpetuated in the adult’s interaction with his or her own children.
Loves Executioner - Irvin D. Yalom. The collection of ten absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, the author provides a glimpse into their personal desires and motivations and his own struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist.
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence — from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror - Judith Herman
Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy From A Buddhist Perspective - Mark Epstein. Thoughts Without a Thinker is a major contribution to today’s exploding discussion of how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology. In it, Mark Epstein argues that the contemplative traditions of the East can be extremely beneficial to patients, not just in helping them recognize their problems, but by giving them the strength to heal.